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Solon threatens reporter with contempt over BBL bribery story

/ 01:26 PM June 16, 2015
Christine Herrera

The Standard reporter Christine Herrera and two others attended the House probe on the alleged bribery from Chinese crime lord Wang Bo. Photo by Marc Cayabyab/INQUIRER.net

A lawmaker moved on Tuesday to cite a reporter for contempt after she refused to reveal the sources for her story which claimed that members of the House of Representatives received a P440-million bribe to vote in favor of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga moved to cite Christine Herrera in contempt after she invoked Republic Act No. 53, also known as the Sotto Law, in refusing to reveal her sources.

The law states: “The publisher, editor or duly accredited reporter of any newspaper, magazine or periodical of general circulation cannot be compelled to reveal the source of any news-report or information appearing in said publication which was related in confidence…”

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In her articles which came out in The Standard, Herrera said some members of the House confirmed that they received the bribe and described it as “barya barya” or loose change.

She added that her sources included ranking officials of the House, some representatives, and high-ranking officials of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The House probe stemmed from articles of Herrera which alleged that Wang Bo paid the BI P100 million for his release after initially ordering his deportation. It also claimed that Wang Bo gave another P440 million for lawmakers.

TAGS: BBL, bribery, Christine Herrera, Elpidio Barzaga, House, House of Representatives, RA 53, Sotto Law, The Standard, Wang Bo
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